With thanks to Rick *The Giant* Brannan for mentioning this essay on Academia.edu. Enjoy.
Ok people, look… There hasn’t been anyone in the Hebrew Bible ‘confirmed’ by archaeology. What’s happened is that names found in the Bible have also, on occasion, been found in the archaeological record. To suggest that ‘Moses’, for example, has been ‘confirmed’ because a sherd has the name ‘Moses’ on it is both disingenuous and misleading. Moses was probably not the only guy named Moses and Joshua was probably not the only guy named Joshua. Etc.
BAR needs to be honest here, because their claim is just fake news. The people of the Bible haven’t been confirmed. Names have been confirmed to have existed. That’s it. Period.
“If you immediately condemn anyone who doesn’t quite believe the same as you do … pray tell, [who] can you still consider a brother?” — Martin Bucer
In the fall of 2013 I was asked to join a production team to create a 3-episode documentary on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I was ecstatic. I’m not a theologian, but in an era of rapid change in the church, I find we have much to learn from the historic church.
During the editing of the film, the countless hours of interviews with scholars and theologians provided me deep insight into the life and times of the men and women whose thoughts and actions altered the entire trajectory of the church – especially Martin Luther. I was somewhat familiar with his theology but had no idea how much Luther loved to pull the chain of those with whom he engaged. His knack for using the profane to make his point was on par with his theological brilliance. I had some laugh-out-loud moments when I learned how he creatively used descriptions of bodily functions to call out his opponents and their theology. He knew little of subtlety and nuance. He exhibited all-out-like-it-or-not-in-your-face engagement. Imagine how he could have lit up a 16th century Twitter account!
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This is worth adding to your blogroll and keeping up with. With thanks to Peter and Dirk for a project long in the making and an end result that will DOUBTLESS add significantly to our knowledge of the text of the Greek New Testament.
In the Tyndale House edition we aim to provide a text of the Greek New Testament that reflects as closely as possible its earliest recoverable wording. It is unashamedly a documentary text (based on the documents), with a strong bias to using knowledge of scribal behaviour (scribal habits) as the primary way to explain the rise of textual variants.
In coming posts we will explore what such method means in practice at the hand of examples, and also probe the boundaries of such approach. However, in practice the emphasis on scribal behaviour implies that if, in the past, exegetical and theological arguments have been used to address a particular variant unit, we happily ignore these arguments if there is also a perfectly adequate transcriptional explanation.
World- ‘abortion at 8 weeks is no big deal. it’s not a person, it’s a small nut’
World- ‘Serena was 8 weeks pregnant! she’s amazing!’
What this shows is that when it suits the world, a baby is nothing at all; but at other times when it suits the world pregnancy is proof of female superiority.